Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president Wednesday, and Kamala Harris made history as the first Black, female and South Asian American to become vice president.
Set against a backdrop of a locked-down Washington and a socially distanced ceremony, Biden made a plea for national unity in his inaugural as political, economic and health care crises grip the nation.
He takes over the presidency fortnight after a deadly pro-Trump riot at Capitol Hill and as deaths from Covid-19 still rise. Since the pandemic began early last year, the disease has killed more than 400,000 people in the United States.
The first members of Biden’s Cabinet are slated to be sworn in over subsequent few days, as well, including Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary. Biden’s Democratic Party , likewise, will assume a bare majority within the Senate after three new lawmakers – Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia, and Alex Padilla of California – also take their oaths of office